There are situations where the person messaging you could be a scammer trying to contact you for whatever reason.Around 7.8 million UK adults used online dating sites in 2016, up from just 100,000 in 2000.They're in West Africa, Eastern Europe and it's very difficult for British law enforcement to take action against them in those jurisdictions,” Steve Profitt, Deputy Head of Action Fraud explains.Last month we dove into the dark side of internet dating and looked at romance scams and why people keep falling for them.Con artists are increasingly creating fake online profiles and tricking people on dating sites into handing over often large sums of money.One of the most common techniques is to build up trust with the person by messaging for weeks or even months before suddenly having an emergency - the fake person being mugged but their daughter needing urgent surgery, for example - and asking for money.
Maybe they got really busy, left town on vacation, or decided that online dating is just not their thing.
So fierce, some sites resort to some pretty lame (and underhanded) tactics to get you to part with your money. You just signed up for [INSERT DATING SITE HERE] about 2 weeks ago and so far have received 2 mail messages, both from pretty attractive women and they both contained very similar messages. Im serious about meeting for some drinks or a date guys. Judge ordered to own up, give refunds A company owning a network of dating websites was sued because they defrauded men using fake profiles.
Both talked about how they had their heart broken recently and how all they care about now is a sense of humor and looks don’t matter, etc. Dont wanna make my ad long so email me and I’ll tell you a bit more about my self. In this case, some of the profiles were created by the sites themselves, and the sites’ employees contacted subscribers posing as the fake (and “often scantily clad”) women.
The larger, more well known dating sites have no reason to do this and generally have employees whose job it is to monitor new accounts and weed out the spammers and the scammers.
The larger sites also have a public image to protect, which works in your favor.